Giving hope and support to young adults with cancer.
The heart of our organization is to assist an underserved demographic of young adults diagnosed with a rare cancer through ‘Life Interrupted Grants’™. Ally’s pursuit was to give others hope and make them feel recognized.
The grants lend a supportive hand and shine a light during a dark time. Our wish is that our recipients hear the words “no evidence of disease” from their doctors and continue on their path of life.
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Our ‘Life Interrupted Grants’™ cover a wide range of needs, including (but not limited to): current and residual medical bills, rent, utilities, car and health insurance premiums, * IVF start up treatments (egg retrieval and sperm banking), integrative therapies, travel expenses, and medical hair pieces. If you think that you might be an ideal candidate for the grant, contact your patient navigator to request an application during our open request period within a certain time frame after a cancer diagnosis.
Understand that a completed application is NOT an automatic award.
We are an all – volunteer organization, through the team fundraising pursuits, private donations & endurance runners that fuel our mission.
* See below for eligibility
“Life Interrupted Grants”™ for Young Adults can be awarded from $500-$1,500
Click here to view application details
Applications NEED to be requested by an oncology social worker, doctor’s office, or patient navigator. Sorry, there are NO exceptions. Once an application is requested, there is 1 page for the facility to fill out, the rest is completed by the patient/individual.
All applications will be verified by an AWF representative & grant committee for time of treatment and rarity (Note: ALMOST all young adult cancers are considered ‘rare’).
Grant season will be competitive, so please make sure you have ALL the paperwork requested is sent togetheror we can not process. We have a limited amount of funds to award as many as we can.
ONLY one applicant from a facility can be granted an award in one grant round year.
Most types of cancer are considered rare for young adults, and they are often more difficult to prevent, diagnose, and treat than the more common cancers, such as ductal carcinoma and squamous cervical cancer.
Our ALL volunteer committee works hard and long hours to verify all applicants.
If you are awarded a “Life Interrupted Grant,” BE prepared to submit new bills to show financial need when requested; Grants will be paid either directly to patient/family or directly for rent/medical. If you cannot produce bills, please pass on this, as the grant will not be able to be awarded.
ALL applications can be returned as soon as you fill it out ( no need to wait for deadline).
Once our REQUEST for an application is closed, our email@example.com will return to vacation notice with information on our next grant opening.
If you meet the listed eligibility requirements, please have your representative (read above) request an application when the next grant round is open to REQUEST AN APPLICATION to firstname.lastname@example.org
We are truly hopeful that past recipients and their families will help spread our pursuit and pay it forward to help another when you can, so the Circle of Giving can continue.
Click here to view eligibility requirements
You are a young adult between the ages of 16-36 diagnosed with a ‘rare’ cancer.
You are a citizen of the United States.
Please note that Breast Cancer in your 20s and 30s is considered ‘rare’ as is some specific forms of breast cancer up to our age range. Active treatment does not include reconstruction surgeries or long-term hormonal therapies (including Tamoxifen, Fareston, Arimidex, Aromasin, Femara, Zoladex/Lupron, Megace, and Halotestin).
AWF defines Active Treatment as the period after a positive diagnosis of cancer has been made (with a diagnostic biopsy), and during which therapies are being administered, including surgical procedures to remove the cancer, chemotherapy or radiation within a 9 month period. * With an understanding that some treatments for certain cancers are long term
We do not fund family adoption planning.
AWF cannot unfortunately grant on a chronic illness from a cancer diagnosis ( unless within the 9 month time frame of treatment).
AWF will reimburse IVF and sperm banking within a 6 month time frame with bills. AWF cannot assist with IVF and sperm banking years past your medical treatment.
Be prepared to have new bills ready to submit, if you are awarded a “Life Interrupted Grant.” If you cannot or do not have bills, please pass on this application, as it will not be able to be awarded.
2023 – Next round to REQUEST AN APPLICATION is June 1st, 2023 through June 15th, 2023. Unfortunately, we had to decrease the requests by 2 weeks due to an OVERWHELMING response.
*An application received by AWF is NOT an automatic award. A strict deadline to return applications will be July 9th, 2023 ~ All will be notified by August 31st if a grant was able to be awarded or if we were unable to.
There is NO waitlist, we are all volunteers and we are sorry, but, we do not have the capacity to create a callback list to let you know when we are open for grant requests.
AWF cannot send you an application ‘to work on.’ An application changes slightly each year.
2024 Life Interrupted Grants are to be determined based on funds available for next June. Please keep an eye on possible state eligibility for 2024.
The Allyson Whitney Foundation is standing with you.